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Without dairy, where do we get our calcium?

J Morris Hicks | June 30, 11 at 10:29 AM | Health

Read More: best source of calcium, dairy and osteoporosis

A reader in the UK requested that I write a blog about calcium in a 4-Leaf diet -- a topic that is almost as misunderstood as protein; particularly the best food sources for each. All Whole Plants -- a great source...

Wisdom of T. Colin Campbell -- foundation of our 4-Leaf Program

J Morris Hicks | June 27, 11 at 03:11 AM | Health, Lifestyle

Read More: Bill Clinton diet, huffington post, plant-based, t. colin campbell, whole foods

Whole, plant-based foods (the natural diet for our species) is the answer Since I first began studying this topic in 2002, Dr. Campbell has been my hero. Not only did he have the finest Cornell educational credentials; he also...

Michelle, it's time to tell the world about "meat & dairy."

J Morris Hicks | June 24, 11 at 05:03 AM | Celebrities

Read More: Bill Clinton, cancer, heart disease, meat and dairy, Michelle Obama, wrong diet for our species

Dear Michelle, I love what you're trying to do regarding the health of the children. I am just wondering when you think you might be ready to tell the world the truth about the "low-fat dairy" and "healthier meats"...

Cancer, cell phones, cow's milk, and Cornell

J Morris Hicks | June 10, 11 at 09:29 AM | Health

Read More: cow's milk as a carcinogen, dairy industry money and schools of nutrition, diet and cancer, T. Colin Campbell

How does a farm boy turned scientist cope with the startling discovery that the casein in cow's milk is a powerful carcinogen? After growing up on a dairy farm in Virginia, Dr. T. Colin Campbell began his career in...

Dr. Oz shares his story...as the huge "colon cancer screening business" just got bigger.

J Morris Hicks | June 9, 11 at 05:10 AM | Celebrities, Health

Read More: anticancer diet, colonoscopy business, Dr. Oz colon cancer, screening for cancer

Survives cancer scare following first colonoscopy at age 50 It's a sad situation when we have to spend $50 billion a year in this country to screen for a disease (colon cancer) that should never have to happen in...

Drugs for preventing cancer -- now everyone can be a customer!

J Morris Hicks | June 7, 11 at 04:37 AM | Health

Read More: cancer drugs, cancer prevention, drugs for preventing cancer, screening for cancer

Big news in the New York Times on 6-4-11; "Drug can reduce risk of cancer, study says" was the title of the article by Andrew Pollack. Then on the NBC Nightly News the next evening, there was a lengthy segment devoted...

Facebook CEO Zuckerberg -- his diet -- and his enormous potential to change the world

J Morris Hicks | June 5, 11 at 05:44 AM | Celebrities, International

Read More: bill clinton, change the world, oprah, shawn lankton, vegetarian, zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg says that for 2011, he's only eating meat that he kills. With the possible exception of Oprah, Mark Zuckerberg may have the ability to influence the behavior of more people than any other single person in the...

New Food Guide Unveiled -- Confusion reigns supreme -- Simple clarification needed!

J Morris Hicks | June 3, 11 at 06:26 AM | Food, Health

Read More: food guide, Michelle Obama, myplate, Vilsack

While we continue to hear almost every day that we should eat more fruits, vegetables, and grains; we almost never hear that we should be eating more meat. But rarely will you hear any public figure actually weigh in...

With the unofficial start of summer...it's all about the water

J Morris Hicks | June 1, 11 at 07:15 AM | Green

Read More: water conservation, water finite resource, water pollution

Regardless of where we spend our summer in the United States, most of us will be enjoying the water in some form or fashion. For me, it will be sailing, some beach time and some occasional swimming. For all...

NEWS FLASH: Gas and food prices rise sharply -- a sign of what lies ahead

J Morris Hicks | May 30, 11 at 05:42 AM | Green

Read More: harmful and unsustainable way of eating and living, inefficient

In a USA Today article by Martin Grutsinger (AP) on May 27, it was reported that gas and food price increases were thwarting our fragile, slowly-recovering economy. From the article: WASHINGTON — Consumers spent more in April, but much of the...

Dear Oprah, Want to help change the world? -- like only you can?

J Morris Hicks | May 27, 11 at 04:33 AM | Celebrities

Read More: change the world, health of the planet, Oprah Winfrey, whole plant-based food

I recorded two of your last five shows and watched both of them this week -- the visit at the Double RL Ranch with Ralph and your finale on May 25. Being a former senior executive working for Mr....

Weight-loss targets; not recommended -- Here's why

J Morris Hicks | May 24, 11 at 02:14 PM | Health, Lifestyle

Read More: vibrant health, weight-loss

In our 4-Leaf Program, we always stress "vibrant health" as the primary goal. Fortunately, along with that vibrant health for ourselves, as we eat at the 4-Leaf level, we also enjoy that wonderfully warm feeling of knowing that we have: Inflicted no...

Cheap burgers, suburban sprawl and the end of an era

J Morris Hicks | May 20, 11 at 06:14 AM | Green

Read More: cheap oil, peak oil, sustainability

The way we eat and the way we live have a great deal in common -- they're both harmful, inefficient and unsustainable.  The American dream of a big private yard, a two-car garage, heated pool and cheap burgers is...

Roger Ebert -- a powerful endorsement of "Forks Over Knives"

J Morris Hicks | May 16, 11 at 11:29 AM | Celebrities, Health

Read More: Forks over Knives Ebert, healthy eating

This powerful movie opened in theaters all across the USA on 5-13-2011. As far as documentary film reviews go  -- from the best in the business, it simply doesn't get any better than this. It has been nearly five...

Weight-loss or vibrant health? What is your goal?

J Morris Hicks | May 13, 11 at 04:29 AM | Health

Read More: dieting, effortless weight-loss, vibrant health, weight-loss

One of our 4-Leaf clients in Boston began his program with my son Jason about six months ago. Jason stressed from the beginning that the most important thing was "vibrant health;" and that effortless weight-loss would be fringe benefit -- as...

The future of food; must we be forced to change?

J Morris Hicks | May 10, 11 at 02:45 PM | Green, Health

Read More: energy per calorie, natural diet for humans

This Thursday evening (May 12, 2011), I will be part of a three-person panel at a local community center in Stonington, CT. Our topic is the "future of food." The other two panel members are a local organic farmer...

Dr. Oz - back to the same old fad weight-loss diets...

J Morris Hicks | May 8, 11 at 02:16 PM | Celebrities, Health

Read More: Dr. Oz, Dukan Diet, Forks over Knives, weight-loss diets

On 4-29-2011, I excitedly reported on a Dr. Oz Show segment that featured the new movie Forks Over Knives along with the movie's primary stars -- Dr. Campbell, Dr. Esselstyn, Dr. Barnard, Dr. Popper, Dr. McDougall and Rip Esselstyn, author of...

Counting calories, yo-yo diets, and beyond...

J Morris Hicks | May 5, 11 at 04:34 PM | Health

Read More: calorie counting, natural diet for our species, weight-loss diets

According to an article in today's (5-5-11) USA Today, only about 9% of Americans report counting calories. Nanci Hellmich reported in the article that "Research shows that people who keep track of calories lose twice as much weight as those...

Suffering of Animals -- Remember Michael Vick?

J Morris Hicks | May 1, 11 at 09:11 AM | Animals

Read More: animal cruelty, animal suffering

An article by Mark Bittman in the New York Times on April 26 prompted me to write this piece. While a full chapter in our book is devoted to it, this is my first full blog on this miserable topic. After...

Vitamins...a 27 billion dollar folly?

J Morris Hicks | April 26, 11 at 01:32 PM | Health

Read More: are vitamins a waste of money?, vitamins

  An April 13 article by Madison Park on CNN.com led off with the following: "As more than half of U.S. adults are popping vitamins and supplements, the question remains -- has it made Americans healthier?" The short answer is...